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National Youth Justice Conference 2023

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Event Details

CYCJ are delighted to invite you to the 2023 National Youth Justice Conference, delivered in partnership with The Scottish Government and the National Youth Justice Advisory Group.

Taking place at the Stirling Court Hotel in June the theme of the conference is the Children’s Care and Justice Bill, currently under deliberation in the Scottish Parliament.

The Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill (known as the Children’s Care and Justice Bill) is a landmark piece of legislation in terms of youth justice in Scotland. Building on the legacy of the Kilbrandon report it marks a real step forward in Scotland’s journey towards adopting a rights-respecting approach to children and young people in conflict with the law. It sets out to mitigate some of the structural iniquities within current legal provision and its implications are both profound and wide-reaching. Across a range of keynote speeches, lightning talks, workshops and panel discussions we will explore children’s rights and some of the changes that this bill seeks to introduce.

Speakers include:

  • Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans
  • Val De Souza, Chair of Scotland’s National Bairns’ Hoose Governance Group
  • Sheriff David Mackie reporting on the Children’s Hearings System Working Group
  • Neil Hunter, Principal Reporter & Chief Executive, SCRA
  • Chief Superintendent Gordon McCreadie, Police Scotland
  • Kate Crowe, Victorian State Govt, Australia
  • James Docherty, Community Justice Scotland
  • Stephen McVey, Glasgow City HSCP
  • Gordon Main, Our Hearings, Our Voice
  • The Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

Keep an eye on CYCJ twitter page and LinkedIn for further line-up announcements coming soon.

Applications are open now; to join us click the link below:

National Youth Justice Conference Application Form (



june 14 (Wednesday) - 15 (Thursday)


Stirling Court Hotel

University of Stirling, Airthrey Road, Stirling, FK9 4LA